Green building materials?
It all got rather exciting today.
We found a project for a floating school in Lagos in Nigeria http://ht.ly/hMEpg although this wouldn’t be ideal for land-based C.R.E.E.R it was the start of a trail.
It led to an orphanage in South Africa that has been built from shipping containers; which then incited a call to the architects in Johannesburg who assured us that even in a tropical climate; it is possible to keep containers cool. They suggested looking up an architect, Adam Kalkin which initially led to this site: http://www.residentialshippingcontainerprimer.com/howto then onto www.quik-build.com which is Adam Kalkin’s own site.
Another call to Germany to talk to Frankie our builder, who has already been involved in container conversion; he has got excited with the prospect too!
So using our original plans, there’s a possibility of creating the two dormitories, bathroom block and other living spaces with the containers – the possibilities are endless! The whole container site would be covered by a roof that has solar panels; together with rainwater collection and possibly compost waste sanitation, we aim to be as green as possible.
We found an article about dry composting in Haiti after the earthquake that might be possible to use; we’re discussing it with a few experts in the subject currently: http://humanurehandbook.com/downloads/Public_Sanitation_Using_Hot_Composting.pdf
Now to find a friendly company ideally in Cote d’Ivoire who might want to help us out with finding containers so we can recycle them! Or we’re back to the drawing board with bricks & mortar!